BALENCIAGA – “CONDUCTOR OF THE COUTURE”

Written by  on March 23, 2013 

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A homenaje to   Cristóbal Balenciaga, the legendary Spanish-born couturier who remains notable as one of the few couturiers in fashion history who was able to personally design, cut and sew the models which symbolised the apex of his artistry. He  was rarely seen out in society and even though he had become  a virtual recluse by the early 1960’s,  ‘Women’s Wear Daily’ wrote in an article about him at the time : “Balenciaga is still king.Where he steps, fashion follows.”

s double-balloon black taffeta evening cape

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Above and the two photographs below: The legendary Countess Mona Von Bismarck, patron of Haute Couture and eminent Balenciaga client photographed by Cecil Beaton in her Paris apartment.

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Supermodel of the 1950’s – Suzy Parker in Balenciaga,  Image  ©copyright CONDE NAST.

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Category : HAUTE COUTURE